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Dr. Varuna Chander is a postdoctoral researcher specializing in genomics and bioinformatics. She holds a BTech and Masters in Industrial Biotechnology, and has experience in early-stage sequencing product development for 7 years. Dr. Chander earned her PhD in Genetics and Genomics from the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine, where she was awarded the NLM Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Fellowship for three years. Her research focused on investigating the molecular causes of rare diseases and also the relationship between somatic mutations in blood and cardiovascular disease risk. Alongside her research, Dr. Chander collaborated on projects employing computational methods to examine the role of structural variation in genetic diseases. Currently, she works with Michael Snyder to study the genomic basis of complex human diseases using multi-omics and machine learning approaches.